Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xx

For more than half a century, critics located in right-leaning think tanks, foundations, and the media have championed the cause of conservative undergraduates, who, they say, suffer on college campuses. In books with...

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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pp. 1-28

In 2004 and again in 2007, members of the College Republicans on a campus we call Western Flagship, the main campus of the Western Public university system, staged an eye-popping event known as the Affirmative Action Bake Sale.1 The Bake Sale is...

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Chapter 2: Who Are Conservative Students?

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pp. 29-75

Conservative college students are made, not born. While this may seem like an obvious statement, we often overlook the many inputs that go into people’s political development and assume...

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Chapter 3: Sponsored Conservatism: The Landscape of National Conservative Organizations

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pp. 76-112

Now that we have more information about who conservative students are demographically and how they first come to embrace their right-leaning political beliefs, it is time to turn our...

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Chapter 4: How Conservatives Think about Campus: The Effects of College Reputations, Social Scenes, and Academics on Student Experience

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pp. 113-160

What do conservative students discover when they get to campus? Certainly the arguments developed by the national organizations described in the last chapter—as well as by Fox News, the conservative blogosphere, and such books as...

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Chapter 5: Provoking Liberals and Campaigning for Republicans: Two Conservative Styles at the Western Public Universities

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pp. 161-212

In this chapter and the following one, we provide answers to one of the central questions posed in chapter 1: What is it about university campuses—which are home to specific constellations of organizational and cultural structures—that make them...

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Chapter 6: Civilized Discourse, Highbrow Provocation, and a Fuller Embrace of Campaigning: Three Conservative Styles at Eastern Elite University

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pp. 213-269

When we arrived on the East Coast in the fall of 2008 to complete our interviews with Eastern Elite University students and alumni/ae, we had more or less wrapped up the first phase of...

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Chapter 7: Conservative Femininity

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pp. 270-308

In the last three chapters we have used the comparative case method to show how cultural and organizational features at each of our universities—in combination with our...

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Chapter 8: The Theory behind the Findings: How Studying College Conservatives Extends Our Understanding of Higher Education, Politics, and Culture

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pp. 309-326

Over the past half century—through the eras of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and today the Tea Party—conservatism has dramatically reconfigured American politics. In the words of the political scientist...

Notes

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pp. 327-362

References

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pp. 363-380

Index

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pp. 381-402